Children's Home



Nez Perce Tribe
Social Services Department
106 Parade Street
P.O. Box 365
Lapwai, ID 83540

(208) 843-7304 phone
(208) 843-5509 fax

NPTCH is open Monday-Friday 8 AM-4:30 PM
If interested in donating please call (208) 843-7304
or e-mail

Or mail Donation form with payment to the address listed above


The Nez Perce Tribal Children’s Home (NPTCH) strives to provide a safe and familiar environment that support a culturally relevant, healthy, and positive experience for children referred to the program. NPTCH is a twenty –four hour a day, seven days a week facility to provide short term care for children who have been removed from parental care, and to provide respite care for providers.



  1. NPTCH shall provide short term care for eligible children who have been referred by NPT Law Enforcement or NPT Child Protection Services.
  1. NPTCH shall work to coordinate and deliver services to the clients, utilizing Tribal and State resources to work toward keeping Indian families together and avoid separating the youth from parents, relatives, tribe or cultural heritage.
  1. NPTCH and CPS will, upon request, be available for the coordination of family reconciliation services.
  1. NPTCH shall, upon request, be available to coordinate services to all youth and their families, if served at the NPTCH following the termination of their residence at NPTCH.



The Nez Perce Tribal Children’s Home (NPTCH) is located in Lapwai, Idaho. NPTCH has been operable since August 2005, and resides in a brand new building, that was funded by a Presbyterian Woman’s Group in the amount of $10,000.  The program has been  funded by Nez Perce Gaming Allocations, since it’s opening.

NPTCH is available for children between the ages of birth through 17 years old. NPTCH receives children by referral by Child Protection Services or Nez Perce Tribe Law Enforcement. NPTCH serves Nez Perce Tribal members, or as referred by CPS or Tribal Law Enforcement. NPTCH also provides Respite care for foster parents and families, in which NPTCH provides all care and support activities for the child as needed.

NPTCH is staffed by one Coordinator and three House Parents. Staff are required to have regular training, a driver’s license, CPR/First Aid & Food Handlers cards and submit to random drug testing.

The Nez Perce Tribal Children’s Home also takes donations of all kinds, including clothing, coats, shoes, non-perishable food, books, movies, educational material, etc.



  • Joni Williams, Director



Nez Perce Tribal Children’s Trust Fund

The primary donation fund is the Nez Perce Tribal Children’s Trust Fund which was established by the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee in 2003.

The purpose of the long term fund is to eventually provide a self sustaining children’s services program.  The priorities for the fund will include the Nez Perce Tribal Children’s Home , Child Protection Services, Foster Care Placement, support services, youth development and when funds become available, internships, and  college scholarships for specific Social Service needs.

The Trust Fund has not been utilized and will continue to build, until a specified amount has been contributed and the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee will determine the access of the funds.

NPTCH also has t-shirts and tote bags for sale to support the Trust Fund that were designed by a well known Nez Perce artist.

Nez Perce Tribal Children’s Home Proceeds/Donation Fund

The Nez Perce Tribal Children’s Home Proceeds/Donations fund was established by Administrative Action in November 2006. The establishment of the fund supplements our limited general operating fund, for direct client support.

The purpose of the proceeds fund is to be able to readily access funds that support children who reside in the Children’s Home by providing special keepsake items or activities that meets each one’s individual needs.

Items may include birthday & holiday gifts, books, items to make their  own regalia, craft projects, reward activities for completion of special tasks or projects, attendance to sporting events, and other meaningful support items that build on their knowledge, and social and emotional well-being.

The Children’s Home proceeds fund is a secondary donation fund, that primarily generates funds by fundraisers facilitated by NPTCH staff. Donators have the ability to select either funds by completing a Social Service Donation form.




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